Paulina Employment Pandemonium - 2/12/04
Much has been made of the bizarre cornucopia of jobs my roommates and I keep at 702. My security/SAT prep combo, JD's record store job that's 30 miles away, Gabe teaching middle school in Watts... it's not normal. The strangest thing of all, though, is the hours we keep. Gabe works something close to a Mon-Fri 9-5, but the rest of us are a far-cry away from that - in fact it's rare if any of us are working between 9 and 5 on a weekday. It's all very wacky.

Of course, it would be impossible to describe exactly how wacky it all is without some type of visual aid, such as a multilayered employment grid of some kind. So here it is.

GABE
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
1am
3am
5am
7am
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
9am
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
11am
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
1pm
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
Teaching
3pm
5pm
7pm
9pm
11pm

SAM
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
1am
3am
5am
7am
         
9am
         
11am
Offbeat
Offbeat
Offbeat
Offbeat
Offbeat
 
1pm
Scoop
Scoop
Scoop
Scoop
Scoop
 
3pm
5pm
Offbeat
Offbeat
Offbeat
Offbeat
Offbeat
7pm
Scoop
Scoop
Scoop
Scoop
Scoop
9pm
11pm

JD
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
1am
3am
5am
7am
         
9am
     
Protoplasm
 
11am
Protoplasm
     
Records
 
1pm
Records
   
Protoplasm
Protoplasm
Protoplasm
3pm
   
Records
Protoplasm
Records
Records
5pm
Protoplasm
   
Records
7pm
Records
   
Protoplasm
 
Protoplasm
Protoplasm
9pm
Records
Records
Records
11pm

PAUL
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
1am
Security
Security
Security
 
Security
Security
3am
Security
Security
Security
 
Security
Security
5am
Security
Security
Security
 
Security
Security
7am
       
9am
     
11am          
 
1pm
Teaching
       
 
3pm
Teaching
 
Tutoring
   
 
5pm    
Tutoring
   
Aura Club
 
7pm          
Aura Club
 
9pm          
Aura Club
 
11pm
Security
Security
   
Security
Security
Security

Now, you may see some interesting trends developing. For one, JD has Mondays and Tuesdays off, I have Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sam has Fridays and Saturdays, and Gabe has Saturdays and Sundays. Also I work roughly 11pm-7am, Gabe works roughly 7am-3pm, and JD works roughly 3pm-11pm, with Sam laying on his bed roughly most of this time. So you might imagine there being little time when all four of us are around, and you might imagine some other notable aspects as well. And you might imagine right.

ALL
Sun
Mon
Tues
Wed
Thurs
Fri
Sat
1am              
3am              
5am              
7am              
9am              
11am              
1pm              
3pm              
5pm              
7pm              
9pm              
11pm              

On the above chart, white areas represent periods where nobody is working, light gray areas are where only one person is working, medium gray is where two people are working, and dark gray areas occur where three people are working. Interesting to note, first of all, is that there is no time during the week where all four 702 Paulina roommates are working at the same time. And this is despite working a combined estimated 200 hours per week. We never all overlap, even for one minute.

Some other observations:

  1. Not only this, but there are only 10 hours in which even three of us are working, and about half of these occur on Sunday afternoons. So much for day of rest.
  2. Unfortunately there are also only a handful of blocks where none of us are working, and most of them fall in the middle of the night on Wednesday or Thursday, or before noon on Saturdays and Sundays. So realistically, since Gabe goes to bed around 11, there are only 4 two-hour blocks during the week currently that all four of us can get together to, say, chug beers and run 100-meter dashes.
  3. Between the four of us, we are employed by the education industry, the music industry, the health industry, the radio/journalism industry, the test-prep industry, the security industry and the entertainment industry. This shows little signs of changing.
  4. The chart looks like a board from Arkanoid.
Admittedly, I am a big part of the cause of the above wackiness. But Aura is phasing out and teaching/tutoring is increasing, and I'm currently trying to get my weekends back, so hopefully by Phase 4.2 I'll at least have a different kind of wackiness to report.

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